The Secret Life of a Dream Girl
Author: Tracy Deebs
Series: (Creative HeArts #4); (Dahlia and Keegan, #1)
Genre: Contemporary YA
Release Date: June 27, 2016
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, references to drinking and drugs, and a kiss so steamy it’ll fog up your eReader.
Hiding in plain sight is harder than it looks…
Dahlia Greene—aka international pop superstar Cherry—is undercover as a normal high school student. She just wants to experience what real life is like, so when she overhears hottie Keegan Matthews nervously talking about liking a girl, she sees the perfect opportunity to live a real life and play a little matchmaker. What was not part of the plan was falling for a guy she can never tell the truth.
Keegan Matthews has been secretly crushing on Dahlia ever since she started at his school. Sure, Dahlia thinks he’s crushing on some other girl—not realizing his Dream Girl is actually her—but he figures, play along with her tips to woo someone else, let her get to know him, and then make his move. But with so many secrets in the mix, their romance is doomed from the start…
I want to thank Entangled Crush for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.
I have to say that these quick contemporary reads really grab me! When I was invited to read this installation in the Creative Hearts series, I jumped on it. I really loved the idea of the dream girl being someone no one thought they knew. I always love to watch the secret lives of characters unfold.
Dahlia is not your ordinary girl. She's pop-star Cherry, but she's acting as your normal teenage senior for just a year. And into NextGen she goes, with all the other budding artists. Hiding amongst her own, an interesting choice. Of course Dahlia has her struggles. She wants to remain anonymous, but she also wants to be a normal teenage girl. She seems stuck on the precipice of trying to figure out just how to do that. And falling for a popular guy at school is not one of them. But when Keegen and she start a friendship, she quickly finds she wants more than just to float through school anonymously. She wants to be seen as more than just Cheery the pop-star. She wants to be seen as Dahlia the song writer. Dahlia is a strong character who is easily relatable despite the fame and fortune she hides beneath her normal every day clothing!
Keegen is kind of this swoon worthy geek. And I say that with the utmost love of geeks. He's not a jock like we see in so many books. He's involved in many school activities, but none of them are sports. And Keegen has a secret crush, which he's determined to turn into more than just that. So given the opportunity to work with Dahlia to do so, he jumps on it.
I love that we see the characters from the previous books, albeit briefly, in this installment. It's always nice to come back to those familiar personalities.
Of course a love story wouldn't be a love story without a twist. And this one has a twist I wasn't really sure the characters could overcome. But because they are both strong and know what they want, they were able to see that love truly is thicker than anything you can throw at it.
The author sticks with even pacing, never too slow or too fast, that keeps you interested in what will happen next. And this book can be read as a stand alone, despite the re-introduction of characters from the other stories.
The Secret Life of a Dream Girl is a sweet and satisfying teen contemporary read. Anyone who enjoyed the other books in this series, or authors such as Kasie West, Elizabeth Perkins, and Jennifer E Smith will enjoy this book.
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Tracy Deebs collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where — and sometimes who — she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story — something with a rainbow and a prince — and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes young adult novels that run the gamut from dark mermaids to cyberArmegeddon stories and sexy contemporaries to superheroes.